Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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Gabrielle BAYLE, SOAS, London

In the context of my PhD research on the capacity and specificities of the Ethiopian State to negotiate for development aid, I wish to present my findings about the formal aid processes in place in Ethiopia, pertaining to negotiation and program implementation relations between donors and relevant state representatives. In this presentation, I will look at approach strategies, aid negotiation and early stages of program implementation and monitoring. I shed light on the set up of state organs to attract, channel and manage donor support, focusing on coordinating and implementing Ethiopian ministries. I look at guidelines, agreements, rules, and customs relating to aid in Ethiopia and produced by the Ethiopian State as well as by donors in a global context of development aid partnerships. I introduce data gathered from participants to the aid sector, including some of the expectations of each party to the aid agreements and some of the stakes at play. In conclusion, I present some of the political and pragmatic shortcomings that were perceived while conducting interviews with both parties in Addis-Ababa.